Khawaja Razi Haider

  Razi Haider did not utilize his poetic talent until the fourth decade of his life when an argument over poetry with a friend led him to composing verse. Like many other poets, he too started by writing ghazals. He published his first collection Baydeyar Sham in 1995. But at a later stage, he developed a taste for free verse which, he says, has unlimited boundaries. “You are at liberty with whatever you write in free verse. Limitations in poetic expression spoil the thought to some extent,” he says. His…

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Urdu Nazm :: An Introduction

The ghazal in Urdu represents the most popular form of subjective poetry, while the nazm exemplifies the objective kind, often reserved for narrative, descriptive, didactic or satirical purposes. Under the broad head of the nazm we may also include the classical forms of poems known by specific names such as masnavi (a long narrative poem in rhyming couplets on any theme: romantic, religious, or didactic), marsia (an elegy traditionally meant to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his comrades of the Karbala fame), or qasida (a panegyric written…

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